Culture Shock: Things Fall Apart Characterization in 144 characters or less
It's only a lofty idea at this point, but I have high hopes of adapting this module for my teaching of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart with my English 10 course. This is our first year using this novel, so the adventure has just begun!
I'm not entirely sure what it will look like, but the amorphous blob slowly forming in my head suggests that while there won't be Tweeting, per se (school filters won't allow that), there will be some kind of reflection in 144 characters or less. It may be a fake Facebook page (other teachers in my school have used something that apparently can get past the filters) or a Moodle forum (which isn't pretty, but might get the job done) or even a blog (my students started one last semester but we have a l.o.n.g. way to go with this).
For their "Tweets", I'm considering either having students write from the perspective of one of the characters or having them report on the events in the novel from the eyes of a newsbroadcaster. We've already introduced characterization, so this would be a nice follow up, but I also like the idea of having to approach the text from an outsider's perspective because the culture of Things Fall Apart is so completely opposite of their norm.
In addition to their faux Tweets, I'd like to culminate with a blog post of some sort, likely persuasive in nature so that it will lead in naturally to their Research Projects that follow this unit of study. However, I'm not sure how to take it from Tweets to Text. Any ideas are welcome!
We have approximately 7 weeks to complete this module, but that has to include the reading of the novel itself as well as supplemental pieces (both fiction and informational), the tweeting, the blogging, teaching and reteaching of essential writing skills, and practice at ECA strategies such as genre and theme, story structure and elements, making reading connections, and style and language. It's a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time, to be sure.
But I am ready for the challenge (and suggestions).